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FYI Pumpkins

07 Oct

Q: How do I clean and cook a pumpkin?

A:  Here are tips on how to clean a pumpkin for cooking—plus five delicious pumpkin recipes!

  • First, scrub the outside of the pumpkin with a vegetable brush.
  • Cut the pumpkin in half and use a spoon to scrape out the fibers and the seeds. A serrated grapefruit spoon works great for this.
  • Cut the pumpkin halves into smaller pieces, then place them skin side up in a shallow baking dish.
  • Add water to just cover the bottom of the dish, and cover tightly.
  • Bake in a 325ºF oven until the pumpkin is fork tender. The time will vary depending on the size of your pieces.
  • Let it cool, and then either cut off the peel or scoop out the flesh.

TIP: For pumpkins that you’re not cooking right away, keep them cool but not quite as cool as root crops. If you have a coolish bedroom, stashing them under the bed works well. They like a temperature of about 50 to 65ºF.

TIP: Eating pumpkin pie may encourage sleepiness.

Pumpkin Spice Mix Recipe

Mix the following in a jar:

  • 1/3 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg or mace
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground allspice.

For pumpkin pie, add 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons of spice mix to your other ingredients.

TIP: Sprinkle a teaspoon of pumpkin spice mix into your carved pumpkin before lighting the candle.

 

 

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Posted by on October 7, 2011 in Food & Health

 

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